James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Louis-André Pichon, 24 July 1802

To Louis-André Pichon

Department of State July 24. 1802.


The Newspaper herewith inclosed contains a translation of an instruction from the Minister of Marine in France to a maratime prefect,1 in which if the translation be correct, the Minister has fallen inadvertently into a mistatement of the tenor of a regulation within the United States concerning certificates of health. The error lies in transposing the collectors and naval officers, as you will observe on a comparison of the latter [sic] of the Minister of Marine with the printed copy also inclosed of the regulation as communicated by the Treasury Department to the collectors of the customs.2 Will you be so obliging Sir, in case you have a French copy of the letter of the Minister to inform me whether the error lies in the letter itself or in the translation; and in case of its lying in the former, to aid in guarding agai[n]st its effects, by whatever interposition you may deem requisite. Accept assurances &ca

James Madison.

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